Archived posts with tag ‘United Nations’

03.10.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

Haiti
Haitian President Michel Martelly is taking steps to rebuild Haiti’s military, more than 15 years after the armed forces were first disbanded, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press. The plan aims for “an initial force of 3,500 soldiers” directed at patrolling the country’s border with the Dominican Republic, maintaining security “during times of crisis” and providing jobs for young people, reports the AP. Over time, the new $95-million National Council of Defense and Security could replace United Nations troops as they withdraw beginning next year. The first 500 soldiers of the initial force are expected to be recruited over the next two months.

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22.09.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

Haiti
The United Nations believes now is the time for a “gradual drawdown” of some peacekeepers from Haiti, according to statements by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Force in Haiti) chief Mariano Fernandez. Currently, MINUSTAH comprises more than 12,000 soldiers and police. The U.N. wants to reduce this number to 9,450, near the level of peacekeepers before the January 2010 earthquake. That’s effectively two infantry battalions and more than 1,000 police officers.

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